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Inglewood – City of Champions!

“Best Park in Los Angeles”

The earliest residents of what is now Inglewood were Native Americans who used the natural springs in today’s Edward Vincent Jr. Park (known for most of its history as Centinela Park). Fairview Heights’ proudest boast is Centinela Park. This magnificent park was renamed to honor Edward Vincent Jr. who began his term as the first African-American Mayor of the City of Inglewood in 1983 and was re-elected for three additional terms.

I begin every day with the 1 1/4 mile walk around this beautiful park. It’s the perfect place to say my prayers, meditate, get a bit of exercise, see the progress of the new Metro line, and set my intentions for the day! Centinela Park has five playgrounds, six tennis courts, two basketball courts, baseball fields and swimming pools, a small playhouse, and an outdoor amphitheater. The newly renovated Football/Soccer “Champions’ Field” is the best of its kind in the South Bay.

Inglewood Neighborhoods

Inglewood has ten unique neighborhoods which are indicated by symbols on street sign: Morningside Park, Downtown Inglewood, Fairview Heights, La Tijera Village, Arbor Village, Centinela Heights, Sports Village, Century Heights, Inglewood Knolls, and Lockhaven.

North Inglewood (Fairview Heights & La Tijera Village)

North Inglewood is the area north of the former Santa Fe railroad tracks, where the Crenshaw/LAX Line will be. In 2009, it was reported to be the site of a “burgeoning arts scene” centered at East Hyde Park Boulevard and La Brea Ave. Fairview Heights is a signed area north of Florence and east of La Brea Ave. Inglewood’s newest community to get its own name is “La Tijera Village”, nestled between La Brea Ave. and La Tijera Blvd.